On Saturday night, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford earned a technical knockout win over Amir Khan after the latter could not continue due to an accidental low blow in the sixth round. The pay-per-view event took place at Madison Square Garden in front of over 14,000 fans.
Crawford vs. Khan – Fight Recap
The beginning of the first round saw both fighters trying to feel each other out. Khan was the first to engage and throw combinations, though he did not land anything significant. Late in the round, Crawford would hit Khan with a right hand and left hook that sent the challenger to the canvas. Smartly, Khan used footwork and clinching to survive the remainder of the round.
Khan would recover from the knockdown and box well enough in the second round to avoid any significant further damage. Over the next few rounds, Crawford would remain in control (CompuBox had him landing 50% of his power shots), though Khan’s hand speed allowed him to land a few solid shots. Just as things were starting to get interesting, an unintentional low blow from Crawford in Round 6 would lead to Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter stopping the fight. Thus, the result would go down as a TKO win for Crawford.
The fight was competitive at times, but overall Crawford (who is normally a slow starter) was putting on another dominant performance that seemed to be heading towards a stoppage anyways. Though Khan’s speed and footwork gave Crawford problems at times, the champion kept up the pressure and was punishing Khan to the body whenever he got the opportunity.
Respect to Khan for taking the fight and fighting the way he did up until the fight was stopped. Even though Khan was getting outclassed, I would have loved to see the rest of the fight play out, as it was really an entertaining bout while it lasted. Crawford proved once again that he is just about as good as it gets in all of boxing.
As for the stoppage, I do not know how bad the low blow was or what Khan was feeling. It seemed to me as if he knew that he was in no condition to continue (partially from the low blow, partially because of the beating he was taking) against an opponent like Crawford and Hunter could see that and stopped the fight. A lot of fighters would have taken the time to recover and attempt to fight on. It is what it is.
After the fight, Terence Crawford stated that he did not think the blow was low, and that he believed it was only a matter of time before he stopped Khan. The Nebraska native called out undefeated IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. as well.
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- Shakur Stevenson UD10 Christopher Diaz
- Dereck Chisora UD10 Senad Gashi
- Andy Ruiz Jr. RTD5 Alexander Dimitrenko
- Felix Verdejo UD10 Bryan Vasquez
Like the Vasyl Lomachenko-Mikey Garcia match-up, politics (the Top Rank-PBC ‘beef’) are getting in the way of a potential Terence Crawford-Errol Spence fight. Though I do think that the two will eventually fight, it may not be for at least another year or two. The undefeated Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania (ranked #1 by the WBO) could be next for Crawford if he is unable to secure a fight with a Top 10 welterweight.
What do you think of the low blow and the stoppage? Did Khan have a chance to come back and win? Can Crawford get a fighter like Danny Garcia in the ring next? Comment below with your opinion.